Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;
First, if we are followers of God, we have perfect trust in Him, "we know in whom we have believed." Next, if we are His followers, we must expect to be led sometimes into a path of sorrow and trial. Then again, if we are followers of God, we must expect to pass through the wilderness of temptation and self-denial. Again, we are bidden to be followers of God, "as dear children." What does that imply? Surely it means obedience, simplicity, purity. Then, following God, as dear children, means purity. The child who goes out with his father feels it a privilege and an honour, and so he is washed and clean, and wears his best clothes. My brethren, if we are followers of God, we shall strive to keep ourselves pure.
(H. J. Wilmot-Buxton, M. A.)
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